Ceremony includes signing of ESGR document to support National Guard, Reserve
As part of its salute to veterans and military personnel on Veterans Day, ComEd signed the Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Statement of Support at a ceremony in Oak Brook, on behalf of parent company, Exelon. The intent of the ESGR program is to increase employer support by encouraging employers to actively support their employees who serve in uniform.
“At ComEd, we recognize and appreciate the service of our employees who are members of the National Guard and Reserve,” said Anne Pramaggiore, then president and CEO, ComEd. “Our signing on to the ESGR lets our employees in the National Guard and Reserve know that the company supports their service and will be here when they return from any deployment.”
ComEd currently has 331 employees who are veterans as well as 24 active reservists. The company actively recruits veterans and participates in veteran job fairs throughout its service territory.
The ceremony featured remarks from Brigadier General Alicia Tate-Nadeau and Ret. Colonel Ron Bacci.
“Veterans are leaders. Their military training helped give them an attention to detail that is so critical in the work we do,” said Terence R. Donnelly, president and chief operation officer, ComEd. “We have a commitment to seek out men and women from the American military and offer them jobs that put them in a position to succeed – to build better lives for themselves and their families and to make ComEd a better company.
ComEd also supports veterans and active military members of its customer base. CHAMP (ComEd Helps Activated/Veteran Military Personnel) provides bill-payment assistance to deployed members of the military and veterans who have fallen behind on their bill and who reside within ComEd’s northern Illinois service territory. CHAMP offers a package of benefits, including bill payment assistance of up to $1,000 while funds are available, a deferred payment plan, extended payment due dates, exemption from late charges, deposit reduction and budget payment plans.
“This year, ComEd helped more than 900 active and veteran military members through more than $350,000 in bill payment assistance,” said Pramaggiore. “It’s the least we can do for the men and women who serve and protect our nation.”